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City sued to protect burrowing owl habitat

Brown Field development would endanger species

Burrowing owlets (photo by Kevin Cole)
Burrowing owlets (photo by Kevin Cole)

A group of conservation and environmental groups sued the City of San Diego a week ago, claiming that the city's development plans at Brown Field would destroy burrowing owl habitat at Brown Field.

Organizations such as the Center for Biological Diversity and California Chaparral Institute say that the last remaining large population of burrowing owls is at Brown Field in Otay Mesa.

The groups charge that the owl burrows have been poisoned to eliminate the owls in order to keep from relocating them. The groups also charge that the city's multiple species conservation program was designed to protect burrowing owls and animals and plant found in vernal pools, yet both are on the brink of extinction.

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Burrowing owlets (photo by Kevin Cole)
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A group of conservation and environmental groups sued the City of San Diego a week ago, claiming that the city's development plans at Brown Field would destroy burrowing owl habitat at Brown Field.

Organizations such as the Center for Biological Diversity and California Chaparral Institute say that the last remaining large population of burrowing owls is at Brown Field in Otay Mesa.

The groups charge that the owl burrows have been poisoned to eliminate the owls in order to keep from relocating them. The groups also charge that the city's multiple species conservation program was designed to protect burrowing owls and animals and plant found in vernal pools, yet both are on the brink of extinction.

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Poison first, then see if anything they killed that had tried living there was near extinction? Nice work American development, again selfish ignorant monsters.

Nov. 29, 2013

Shirleyberan. If the city is found guilty of using poison, some heads should roll, and the fine should be huge. Best, Don Bauder

Nov. 29, 2013

No need to roll them. Just turn them 360 degrees.

Nov. 29, 2013

Mridolf. But politicians can turn their heads 360 degrees with ease. Best, Don Bauder

Nov. 29, 2013

the city is too busy prosecuting persons that trim shrubs in front of their homes that grow on city property to have time for this.

http://www.kpbs.org/news/2013/nov/30/man-faces-felony-charge-over-trimming-shrubs/#c26003

Dec. 1, 2013

Murphyjunk. Picking the low-hanging fruit. Best, Don Bauder

Dec. 1, 2013

This time, Bonnie was doing her best Jan Goldsmith immitation.

Dec. 2, 2013

aardvark: Do you suppose she was wearing a wig as she did that imitation? Best, Don Bauder

Dec. 3, 2013

I don't even spray poison in my yard or on a sidewalk but I know some who have the poison spray service render all over their property every month. Overused. Still unconscionable.

Nov. 29, 2013

Shirleyberan. The developers have run the city and county far too long. And they have succeeded in ousting a mayor who wanted to change things. Best, Don Bauder

Nov. 29, 2013

They don't learn or change unless they get rolled in return.

Nov. 29, 2013

Shirleyberan. And beware those who dare to roll them, even though they are Ina minority. Best,Don Bauder

Nov. 29, 2013

Don - did you see on world news that the starfish in the Pacific Ocean are dying - I think they said "waisting away", many different kinds, they don't know why - I figure poisoned ocean. Report targeted lower Oregon area, a lot of Northern Ca coast the most extreme losses. Looks very bad as if they just turned brittle. Something unnatural happened to them.

Nov. 30, 2013

Shirleyberan. Extinctions are a problem in oceans. Commercial fishing has problems. Best, Don Bauder

Nov. 30, 2013

Polluted water is a problem.

Dec. 1, 2013

Shirleyberan. Definitely. Pollution is a huge problem. Best, Don Bauder

Dec. 1, 2013

And that's the story of San Diego… profiteers using the public offices to convert natural assets into brownfields. The owls may become extinct due to San Diegans, but at least they did not die out from shitting in their own nest. Who will be around for the last laugh?

Dec. 2, 2013

rehftmann: San Diego has a dismal record in this regard. Developers run the City and have for years, other than the short time in which Bob Filner was mayor. Best, Don Bauder

Dec. 3, 2013

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